Lorna Arnott


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Personal Statement

Lorna Arnott is a Lecturer in the School of Education, specialising in Early Childhood Education.  The majority of my work focuses on children's exepriences before the age of five and therefore much of my research and teaching focuses on nursery provision.

Lorna trained as an economist graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2006 with First Class Honours.  Lorna went on to complete a Masters in Research (M.Res) in Education and Social Purpose at the University in Glasgow in 2007, during which she developed an interest in relationships and interaction.  Lorna then completed her Ph.D at the School of Education, University of Stirling in 2011, focusing on young children’s social interactions around technologies in preschool.

Research Interests

Research Interests

Lorna’s research explores young children’s play experiences, typically in relation to technology, creativity and social play.   Her work attempts to understand how the preschool environment and culture, the children and the artefacts contribute to children’s interactions and social experiences.  She is interested in a broader definition of technology which moves beyond the computer towards exploring technological toys, both digital and non-screen based.  Lorna has a further interest in exploring perceptions of technological artefacts in early years settings and how they can be integrated into the playroom.  

Secondly, Lorna's other research focus focuses on innovative methods for consulting with children in early childhood (typically under 6 years old).  She's interesting in voice work broadly with young children.

Research Collaborators

  • Dr. Ioanna Palaiologou (University College London, Institute of Education); Dr. Colette Gray (Stranmillis University College, Belfast); Dr. Sarika Kewalramani (Monash University) and Maria Dardanou (UiT The Arctic University of Norway), on Internet-Connected Toys in Early Childhood.
  • Dr Elisabetta Biffi, (Universita degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca); Dr Ioanna Palaiologou (UCL); Dr Zenna Kingdon (University of Wolverhampton);Dr Alison Clark, Franca  zuccoli, (Universita degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca), on Inside-Outside: Using arts based method to document children's and teacher's perspections.

PhD Students

  • Zainab Attar (2017-present, part-time) Innovative methods with young children and literacy.
  • Loreain Martinez Lejarreta (2016-) Developing young children's critical thinking skills through teacher-children interactions in Early Childhood Education and Care settings.
  • Jennifer Zike (2017, RAE Studentship) Using Pupil Views Templates to investigate the development of thinking across children at point of school entry in Scotland.


Ed.D Students

  • Marion Burns (2013-, part time) Early education with a specific focus on transitions.
  • Gordon Miles (2018-) Lego Therapy and Austistic Children.



Teaching Interests

Lorna’s teaching generally covers:

  • Early Years Education
  • Research Methods

Lorna most often teaches on the BA Childhood Practice, Master's of Education, PGDE and the BA Education.  Lorna is also interested in delivering research methods training, particularly in relation to qualitative approaches and contributes to both practice-based and academic research training. 

Lorna currently supervises PGR students at Masters, PhD and Ed.D level.


Academic / Professional qualifications


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Academic Studies (Academic Practice) - University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (2013)
  • PhD in Early Years Education. University of Stirling, Stirling (Full studentship) (2011)
  • Masters of Research in Education and Social Purpose (Fees Scholarship) University of Glasgow, Glasgow (2007)
  • BA (Hons) (1st Class) in Economics and Marketing, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow (2006). Award: Best Business Economics Student 2006.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Stirling

Master of Research, University of Glasgow

Bachelor of Economics, Glasgow Caledonian University

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Projects 2013 2020

Research Output 2009 2019

An ecological exploration of the Internet of Toys in early childhood everyday life

Arnott, L., Palaiologou, I. & Gray, C., 16 Apr 2019, The Internet of Toys: Practices, Affordances and the Political Economy of Children’s Play. Mascheroni, G. & Holloway, D. (eds.). London

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

everyday life

Children's negotiation tactics and socio-emotional self-regulation in child-led play experiences: the influence of the preschool pedagogic culture

Arnott, L., 29 May 2019, Young Children's Emotional Experiences. Murray, J. & Palaiologou, I. (eds.). [London]

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2013 2021

European Early Childhood Educational Research Association Annual Conference

Lorna Arnott (Chair)
24 Aug 202127 Aug 2021

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference

4th Strathclyde Early Years Educational Research Conference

Lorna Arnott (Organiser), Deirdre Grogan (Organiser)
26 Oct 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference